The Global Economy and Innovation have existed hand in hand since time memorable. The Ancient Britons traded tin with the Phoenicians along with their knowledge of metallurgy. New ideas spread quickly along these trade routes because then, as is today, the creative use of natural resources was a prime source of power. This is probably why the Romans tried to take control of most of the worlds supply of tin. By controlling resources such as tin the Romans could protect their technical superiority and advance their military power and culture.
History tells us that civilizations did not develop in isolation even though many of us like to think that an independent country isolated from the rest of the world is still possible today. This point is made by Jack Jia in his article “What Silicon Valley Geeks Can Learn From Roman Legionnaires‘.
- Ancient History answer: Where did the Phoenician’s travel to (wiki.answers.com)
- What Silicon Valley Geeks Can Learn From Roman Legionnaires (gigaom.com)
- China could be the New Silicon Valley (penn-olson.com)
- The productivity gap (theglobeandmail.com)